A Causal Approach to Interrelated Family Events: A Cross-National Comparison fo Cohabitation, Non-marital Conception, and Marriage
history studies is the use of parallel or interdependent processes as explaining
factors in transition rate models. The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate a
causal approach to the study of interrelated family events. Various types of
interdependent processes are described first, followed by two event history
perspectives: the ‘system’ and ‘causal’ approach. The authors assert that the
causal approach is more appropriate from an analytical point of view as it
provides a straightforward solution to simultaneity, cause-effect lags, and
temporal shapes of effects. Based on comparative cross-national applications in West and East Germany, Canada, Latvia, and the Netherlands, we demonstrate the usefulness of the causal approach by analyzing two highly interdependent family processes: entry into marriage (for individuals who are in a consensual union) as the dependent process and first pregnancy/childbirth as the explaining one. Both statistical and theoretical explanations are explored emphasizing the need for conceptual reasoning.
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